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Beyond-IR: Remote Controls for Home Entertainment

Last Updated: 
Jul 16, 2010

It is amazing that we’re in the 21st century and reliant on a near 30-year old, one-way, line-of-sight-limited technology to control our bleeding edge consumer electronics products like our multi-thousand dollar plasma big-screen TVs and other entertainment systems.

The alternative to infrared remote control technologies is RF-based remote controls. RF-based remote controls overcome three major limitations of infrared technologies: line-of-sight and range; one-way communications; and high power consumption. Let’s take a look at each of these limitations and attempt to better understand why the primary interface to our home entertainment, the remote control, continues to be based on a 1980s era technology and how this will change, especially with the introduction of the RF4CE consortium and standards. To read more, click the download link below or visit Digital Home DesignLine.